Pompeo: 'Progress on agreements' after meeting Kim in N. Korea

Pompeo: 'Progress on agreements' after meeting Kim in N. Korea

USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's office in Tokyo on Saturday.

Their meeting took after Pompeo returned from his trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier in the day.

Neither the US nor the North Korean side released an immediate detailed readout on the content of Pompeo's talks with Kim.

In June, Trump met Kim in Singapore in the first-ever summit between the countries. The leaders hailed major agreements toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but little progress, if any, has been made since.

Pompeo had flown to Pyongyang from Tokyo after talks there with Japan's prime minister during which he pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearization with allies.

Pompeo went to Pyongyang to meet with Kim to work out the details of a second U.S.

Pompeo had said the goal of his meeting with North Korea was "to make sure we understand what each side is truly trying to achieve. and how we can deliver against the commitments that were made" in Singapore where Kim and Trump held their historic summit earlier this year.

During his private meeting with Moon, Pompeo said, he and Kim had agreed to arrange the second U.S.

-North Korea summit "as soon as possible", South Korea's presidential office said Sunday.

Kim made a verbal promise to destroy a missile engine testing site and Trump promised to suspend war games with South Korea.

Recently, Pompeo has angered North Korea by insisting that worldwide sanctions must remain in place until it gives up its nuclear weapons.

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At the time, Trump also placed some blame on China for the lack of progress with North Korea.

As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today.

"If you do see concrete action that assures the US, the rest of the world that definitely concrete steps are being taken to eliminate very important parts of their nuclear program, then that's a definite step forward and builds the trust", Kang told The Washington Post in an interview last week.

Washington will be hoping a second Trump-Kim summit leads to progress on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

But the inter-Korean agreement again failed to stipulate any plans called for by the United States, such as to declare a list of its nuclear weapons, facilities and materials, or a concrete timeline for denuclearisation.

The technical state of North Korea's closely guarded nuclear program is unclear, but experts believe that Pyongyang can probably arm its short and midrange missiles with nuclear warheads.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the U.N. General Assembly late last month that "coercive" sanctions were lethal to trust-building between the two nations and that without trust, "there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

In his introductory remarks, Pompeo said his visit to Pyongyang was very good and he had productive talks in the DPRK, noting that the two countries walked another step forward though there were lots of things left to do.

North and South Korea want a "phased" approach with Pyongyang rewarded as it it happens.

Pompeo came to Seoul as part of his trip to East Asian countries.

"We can't rule out the possibility that Washington. may move in the direction of partial easing of sanctions based on progress in denuclearisation", he said.

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